News Updates

Holiday Boat Parade

boatparadefloat-2015Come one, come all! The annual Marina del Rey boat parade is Saturday, December 10.

Please help us create another award winning float by signing up to help decorate and ride on the float. This year’s theme is “An Animated Holiday”. No special skills are required, just a willingness to laugh, paint, wire tie and have fun with your fellow WSA members and friends. Sign up for one or all of the following by emailing our Vice Commodore Jana Davis at vicecommodore@wsasmb.org. Please indicate which days you want to participate.

Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 am till ? – Decorating at Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club

Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 am till 5:00 p.m. – Boat decorating (location to be announced)

Saturday, December 10 from 5:00 p.m. till the end of the parade – Ride on the boat, dance, wave, sing and more. There will be limited space, so priority goes to those who have helped decorate.

Saturday, December 10 after the parade – Tear down decorations and clean up the boat and lift a glass to our victory!

Creative design ideas are welcome!

October Meeting Speaker – Marilyn Cassedy

racetoalaska-photoOn October 11 our speaker will be Marilyn Cassedy who captained a team for the second annual “Race to Alaska”.

The (no engine) regatta covers 750 miles of coastal British Columbia up the inside passage from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK, and truly tested their team’s skills as sailors. Marilyn’s talk will cover their motivation for doing the race, the process of preparing for the race in an engine-less daysailer, and what it was like to sail in an event where the tidal currents can run at more than 10 knots and wildlife encounters could range from orcas to grizzlies. She’ll also share her thoughts on the upcoming third edition of the race to take place in 2017 and what the ideal boat, crew and weather conditions might look like next time around.

Marilyn is a San Diego native who recently relocated to Los Angeles for work. She grew up sailing at the San Diego Yacht Club, and raced in high school at The Bishop’s School and in college at Hobart and William Smith in New York. Fleeing the cold, Marilyn did a Master’s degree in Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, which gave her the opportunity to travel the world excavating, studying, and conserving artifacts from ancient shipwrecks. More recently, Marilyn has been active in the Martin 242 fleet on the Santa Monica Bay, but she’s been fortunate to sail in a variety of other fleets, including a recent trip as part of the CYC team at the International Women’s Keelboat Championships in Rye, New York.

September Meeting Speaker – Denise George

On September 13 our speaker will be Denise George from Denison Yacht Sales speaking on everything you need to know about buying or selling a boat.

Denise has been boating since she was 12, starting out on small runabouts and the family cabin cruiser on Lake St. Clair, Michigan. She relocated to MdR in the early 80s. In recent years, Denise has become an active sailboat racer both locally and internationally as well as the producer and builder of a 24′ club racer called a Martin 242. Today she is a leader in the boating community of Marina del Rey and enjoying every bit of her career as a yacht sales person.

Denise is a true equal opportunity boater: she loves all boats—small, big, power or sail—and prides herself on finding the right boat for her clients’ needs. Denise was recognized as the 2010 ASMBYC Yachtsman of the Year.

WOW/WAH This Weekend!

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There is still time to participate! Click here for more information.

The WOW/WAH organizers would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations to the WOW/WAH raffle:

Body Energizers
C&O Trattoria
California Yacht Club
Charlotte Tarantola
Del Rey Yacht Club
Fresh Brothers Pizza
Massage Envy
NAOS Yachts
Overland Cafe
Tony P’s Dockside Grill
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club
South Bay Yacht Racing Club
WSA of Santa Monica Bay